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Release clauses made public on Leeds stars if relegated – Ideal for Newcastle United

2 weeks ago

Leeds United are facing a serious fight against relegation.

Despite unbeaten in a five game run and picking up 11 points from a possible 15, last weekend saw Leeds become favourites for the drop alongside Norwich (already gone), Watford (all but gone).

Jesse Marsch seeing his unbeaten run come to an end with a 4-0 home hammering by Man City, which combined with dramatic wins for both Everton and Burnley, has now made them look most likely to drop.

With Arsenal away and then Chelsea home as their next two games, Leeds arguably having the toughest run-in of the trio competing for that last relegation spot.

If relegation happens, it presents many issues for clubs dropping out of the Premier League, with The Mail having an exclusive on what the case is set to be if it happens at the club from Elland Road.

As a positive, the newspaper says that their information is that Leeds have contract clause in place, which would see existing players having pay cuts of between 20% and 50% if falling into the Championship.

However, on the negative side of things, The Mail have revealed that a number of star players have release clause transfer fees that relegation would trigger.

The report saying that the likes of Kalvin Phillips, Raphinha and Patrick Bamford would be available for around £30m if Leeds are relegated, due to their release clause figures.

Bamford is a decent player BUT I think that for Newcastle United, if they could pull off the signings of Raphina and Kalvin Phillips, it would be a dream summer transfer window in my opinion, especially if the pair could be signed for £60m in total.

The Mail claim ‘Leeds are relaxed about the situation and confident of keeping much of the squad intact, as Phillips and Raphinha in particular are expected to attracted bids from multiple clubs, which would take their price far above their release clauses.’

However, I don’t understand how this bit makes any sense. As I understand it, a release clause transfer fee in a player’s contract simply means that if the clause becomes active, then if any other club offers that amount, then the selling club has no option but to accept the bid (as was the case at Burnley when Newcastle bought Chris Wood) if the player wants to move. If more than one club want to trigger a release clause then it is simply down to the player to select which one, at that release clause price, not for a bidding war to then start.

As with all transfer stories, you believe them when they happen, BUT as I said earlier, Kalvin Phillips and Raphina would be phenomenal business for NUFC this summer, even if that was the only business we did.

Kalvin Phillips is a real quality midfielder and linking up with Bruno and Joelinton, that would be such a strong midfield trio.

As for Raphina, he is by far the best attacking player for Leeds and in his two Premier League seasons has been directly involved in 28 goals despite only starting 56 PL games, with 16 goals and 12 assists. Six goals and nine assists last season, whilst despite the relegation battle this time, an impressive ten goals and three assists.

Phillips is aged 26 and Raphina is 25, so ideal in terms of their best years ahead of them.

If there is any possibility, then hopefully Joelinton and Bruno would be able to have a word with Raphina to further enlarge the NUFC Brazilian contingent.

Such a relief to have Newcastle United already safe, thanks to Eddie Howe, with fans now able to daydream about exactly who might now follow the likes of Trippier and Guimaraes through the door at St James Park.


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